Small bumps can appear all over the body after tanning. However, they are more commonly found in certain areas, such as stomach, chest, back and legs which are exposed to the ultraviolet rays for a longer duration. These eruptions are often referred to as tan bed rash which may develop immediately after tanning or a few days later. They look like blisters and are red in color. Their appearance is very similar to that of heat rash. The skin bumps may or may not be painful but cause a lot of irritation.
There are a number of factors that can lead to formation of blisters after tanning.
- You tend to get blisters due to excessive heat build up within the body. It can happen when there are some changes in the natural ability of the skin to resist the harmful effects of the UV rays.
- People who are light-skinned are more prone to this problem. This is because the melanin pigment present under the skin which provides protection from the UV radiation, is very less in light-skinned people.
- If your skin is allergic to the tanning lotion you are using, then such bumps may break out.
- Those who take photosensitizers in order to get a good tan within a short span of time can have red bumps after tanning.
- There are some medicines, if used regularly, can trigger tan bed rash. These medicines include drugs with sulfur contents, some tranquilizers, diabetes and hypertension medicines, etc.
- Those people who have photosensitivity disorder develop this kind of adverse skin reactions very easily as the ultraviolet rays causes extensive damage to their skin.
- These rashes are usually cured with the help of over-the-counter medicated creams. These skin creams reduce the size of the blisters and their itchy sensation.
- Application of cocoa butter on these skin bumps also gives excellent results. Tanning dries out the skin which in turn aggravates the itchiness of the skin bumps. Cocoa butter acts as a moisturizer on the dry, tanned skin and relieves the skin irritation.
- To control the allergic reactions, oral antihistamine medicines can be taken after talking to the doctor.
- Those of you who are taking medicines on a regular basis should ask your doctor whether tanning bed is suitable for you or not.
- When the skin bumps are giving you pain and discomfort, take a break from tanning for a few days. During this break, if you do not observe any improvement in the condition, then contact your doctor for further treatment.
- Prior to getting into the tanning bed, wipe it off thoroughly with a paper towel. This is done to ensure that the cleaning products used by the salon to clean the tanning bed do not cause allergic skin rashes.
- When you start using tanning bed for the first time, keep the sessions short. Once your skin develops immunity towards ultraviolet light exposure, you can increase its duration. This way the chances of getting skin rashes after tanning becomes less.
- While tanning, if you feel the heat buildup inside your body or you are feeling very sweaty, wipe off the body as well as the tanning bed with a towel after regular interval of time.
- You can also opt for a salon where several fans are used inside the tanning room that can keep its temperature in check.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.